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50% off at Bluebird

You might have noticed something different this summer at the Kings Road favourite, Bluebird. Whilst the courtyard was still packed with Chelsea residents sipping on rosé and the café was still bustling with brunches, the first floor restaurant was rather quiet. That’s because since the 1st August it has been shut for an extensive redesign, the wait is almost over and it’s soon reopen with a rather wonderful 50% off the menu to mark the occasion! Re-imagined and designed by Sagrada (the designers of Sartoria and The Arts Club), the restaurant will give a nod to its engineering heritage and […]

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Bar Douro: Portuguese Tapas and Wine Bar

An area just near London Bridge is making waves as the next big foodie destination, with the latest announcement coming in the form of contemporary Portuguese wine bar, Bar Douro, from the guys behind a string of popular pop-ups and sold-out supper clubs at Pop Brixton, Soho Farm House and Carousel. Flat Iron Square is launching in October with a theatre, live music venue and pop-up kitchen units as well as a couple of permanent spots under the railway arches – of which Bar Douro is one. Inspired by traditional cerveijarias and tascas of Lisbon and Porto as well as the […]

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The Hanging Gardens of Kyoto High Above Regent Street

Think of Japan and one of the first things that springs to mind is probably the cherry blossom and maple trees that flood the landscape with colour each year, that is after your thoughts have turned to sushi, weird gadgets, Harajuku and Hello Kitty everything. Take your botanical mind frame one step further and somehow you’ll end up with aqua kyoto’s new installation, the Hanging Gardens of Kyoto, a traditional Japanese garden that has been created throughout the bar, restaurant and terrace of the West End venue. Award-winning London florists Rebel Rebel (read our interview with them here) have taken […]

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Kiln: Rural Thailand Comes to Soho

Founder of Denmark Street restaurant, Smoking Goat, Ben Chapman is back and this month he is opening a second Soho restaurant, inspired by the Thai borderlands, bringing together Burmese and Yunanese flavours: Kiln. Said to be a side-of-the-road type restaurant, Kiln will feature a short grill menu which will see dishes cooked on a wood burning kiln oven and grill both designed by Ben. Whilst the menu looks to Thailand for its flavours, they don’t want to replicate the dishes, rather the ingredients they use will be the best British produce available with whole animals bred specifically for the restaurant. […]

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The Best September Pop-Ups and Supper Clubs

After a summer spent sipping Aperol on tropical themed rooftops and kicking back in deckchairs on urban beaches we don’t blame you if you feel a little sad about summer nearly being over. We do. But even if the calendar doesn’t read June, July or August, if there’s one thing we know about London it’s that pop-ups reign supreme, whatever the weather and whatever the season. There are a whole load of residencies, takeovers and one-offs ready to be added to your calendar so prepare to fill September with gin cocktails, chocolate masterclasses, crisp sarnies (yes, really) and a gruesome Roald […]

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12 Restaurants and Bars That Opened in August

Tomorrow is the officially the start of autumn, but rather than feel sad about the end of summer, let’s take a little look back at the restaurants and bars that have opened this month, from proper kebabs, to second offerings from the likes of Blanchette and the third Rum Kitchen. August was a busy month… Monmouth Kitchen Following on from the opening of the May Fair Kitchen, Monmouth Kitchen is the next opening from the Edwardian Hotels London team. Serving up a mix of Italian and Peruvian tapas with dishes including smoked lamb cutlets with red anticucho and pan-fried salmon […]

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Michelin-Starred Indian Street Food

There are equal places in our hearts for both street food and fine dining – sometimes only a ridiculously melty gourmet cheese toastie will do, and other times we just need a little more refinement. But what if a Michelin-starred chef tackled street food? Would it be as satisfying as the kerbside version? Critically acclaimed Mayfair restaurant Benares is introducing a street food inspired menu of five small plates but rather than burgers and bao buns, think chicken tikka crispy naan and pickled prawn with crispy rice pani puri – this is Indian street food. Each dish is inspired by […]

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April’s Cafe: Cocktails and Clothes

If you head down to Sloane Street this week, then you’ll find April’s Café which is set to open this Thursday inside Boutique 1. The luxury fashion retailers have teamed up with Pablo Flack and David Waddington of Bistrotheque to bring an East London edge to the streets of Chelsea. Located within the store, April’s will be open for breakfast, lunch, coffee, cocktails, champagne and cake and will be extend into the courtyard terrace so you can soak up the last of the summer rays. Seating 36 diners, 12 of which will be outside, the café which has been designed […]

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Bombay Sapphire Take Over Soho Sky Terrace

Summer’s not over till the fat lady sings and we haven’t heard any singing… The 1st of September supposedly marks the first day of Autumn but knowing British meteorology, it’s not that simple. Soho’s Courthouse Hotel know this and are giving us a little bit of hope with the extension of their Bombay Sapphire Sky Terrace takeover, which is staying open until November. With views of the streets below (hello, Liberty) it makes a change from the ground level cafes that we often turn to when the need a drink and we need it now. The terrace is hosted in […]

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Fumo: Italian in Covent Garden

So it seems as if summer is making a final effort, just as we’re about to go into autumn – because from 1st September we are officially in autumn, but rather than getting down that soon we’ll be wearing all the layers again, we’re going to be looking forward to the opening of Fumo which will open on St Martin’s Lane at the start of September. It’s the next restaurant from the multi-award winning San Carlo restaurant group. They’re the team behind restaurants such as Signor Sassi in Knightsbridge and Cicchetti in Piccadilly and Covent Garden. With 130 covers, Fumo, […]

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Le Pont de la Tour hosts a one off BBQ cruise

The fire of summer is dwindling but it’s not out yet so there’s still time to enjoy the sunshine hours and outdoor activities…like eating. Inspiring us to get our BBQ on in style is Le Pont de la Tour who is hosting a one off BBQ cruise in partnership with Thames Luxury Charters ‘Erasmus’.   Feast on classic cheeseburgers, prawn kebabs, grilled corn on the cob and BBQ spiced pork sausages to name a few. Don’t forget dessert with offerings of lemon tart and bitter chocolate mousse. The clinch here is the unlimited drinks that come with your ticket meaning […]

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Meatopia: Meat and Beer

Meat. Beer. Drink. Fire. Yeah, meat and beer, that’s right Meatopia is back for the fourth year in London and there is some rather exciting news. The weekend long affair is now starting on Friday night (2nd September) with a ‘Late Shift’ and there are still tickets. Kicking off the weekend, the Friday night offering will begin with DJ sets from Professor Green, Andy Smith (Portishead), MC Zani and Bass 6, DJ Tofu and Temple Funk Collective. Across the weekend you’ll also be able to see sets from Norman Jay MBE and Jazzy B (Soul II Soul). Of course though […]

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